Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I'm Not Dead

I can't believe it's been 6 weeks since my last post! It's a bit of an understatement to say that my operation was a complete disaster. Basically, everything that could go wrong did go wrong - from a brief coma to a rather unpleasant bout of internal bleeding. It was really tough but hopefully the worst is behind me. Thanks a bunch for the kind comments, texts and e-mails. They cheered me up no end!

As far as blogging is concerned, I kind of don't know where to start. There are a couple of major changes on the horizon but for the time being it's business as usual. I wanted to return with a bang but I thought I'd keep things simple by just writing a quick post about the songs that have kept me company over the past few weeks. In my defence, I have been heavily sedated for most of that time - which could explain some of my choices!

Here are my top ten tracks from March/April 2009:

The gorgeous Lisa Mitchell

1. Coin Laundry - Lisa Mitchell

I hated Lisa Mitchell on Australian Idol and rudely wrote her off as a dull Sarah Blasko wannabe. I take it all back. Lisa brings something unique and lovely to the local music scene. My opinion changed when I heard her song "Neopolitan Dreams" on a UK television advert for soap powder and finally started to get her quirky appeal. Now I'm completely besotted. "Coin Laundry" is one of the best Australian pop songs released this year. It's so simple and pretty. I love the pared back beats and Lisa's romantic lyrics. Hopefully, she'll make an equally appealing video to accompany the song. In the meantime you can hear it on her Myspace.

2. El Camino - Sol Rojo

Sol is clearly the sexiest woman in Spain or the rest of the world for that matter. Her stunning features and incredibly broad child-bearing hips are almost enough to turn me straight! Happily, her music is just as fabulous as her image. I've been loving "El Camino" since last year but it really clicked over the past few weeks. It's so bright and sunny - the perfect antidote for a foul mood or a pesky coma. Make sure you check out the HOT video. Sol was made to be an FHM covergirl!

3. Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

This is such a potent piece of pop music. Every time "Zero" comes on the radio, I have to pump up the volume and sing along. I've never been a fan of the band but "Zero" ticks all of my boxes from the electric production to the anthemic chorus. There's just something shiny and uplifting about the track, which is a surprise given their cooler than cool image. I'm really shocked this wasn't a bigger hit but I guess the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are more of an albums act. Speaking of which, I really should check out "It's Blitz!".

4. Siren Song - Bat For Lashes

I haven't shut up about Bat For Lashes this year. "Daniel" still has me completely and utterly under its spell but I initially found the album quite disappointing. "Two Suns" is finally starting to click with me - largely due to the brilliance of "Siren Song", which has to be the most gorgeous ballad released thus far in 2009. Natasha's lyrics are so raw and beautiful. This reminds me of something from Tori Amos' "Little Earthquakes" album with a bit of old school Fleetwood Mac thrown in for good measure. I hope "Siren Song" is a single but I guess it's not very commercial. Definitely download this one from iTunes.

5. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit

You know a song is quality when it puts a smile on your face even while you're bent over in pain in hospital. I stumbled across "Sleepyhead" on Rage at about 4am on a particularly bleak Saturday morning and it instantly lifted my mood. The quirky electro lullaby is a three minute dose of pure happiness. I don't know much about the group but I plan to fix that. Make sure you check out the cute video (below).

6. Your Love Found Me - Heidi Montag

Don't judge me! I don't care what anyone says, Heidi Montag is an AMAZING pop star. I've loved everything she has released and her recent EP "Wherever I Am" is no exception. I'll write more about that pop masterpiece another time but the highlight for me is the trashtastic "Your Love Found Me". This is pure cheese - think Ashlee Simpson produced by Stock Aitken Waterman - but still incredibly fabulous. I love the tragic chorus and Heidi's stunning vocals are just as... breathtaking as ever!

7. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta Ft. Kelly Rowland

Poor Kelly Rowland. She's had more flops than Beyoncé's had hits. On the bright side, Kelly can take heart in the fact that she's not Michelle Williams. But I digress. Miss Kelly's latest endeavour is seriously fabulous. French DJ David Guetta knows his way around a killer dance track and roping in a has-been from Destiny's Child turns out to be a masterstroke. "When Love Takes Over" is a hands in the air gay anthem of the highest order. Hopefully, Kelly will take note and focus on the dancefloor for her next flop album.

8. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas

And the award for the song that I initially hated, then found annoying but catchy and ultimately fell in love with goes to "Boom Boom Pow". The Black Eyed Peas took a risk by going with this for their big comeback but it really paid off. The production is so unusual but the minimal beats and multitude of quirky hooks get stuck in your head and refuse to leave. It's also a treat to see Fergie's stunning meth face back in the media spotlight. Long live the Queen of urban pop!

9. LoveGame - Lady GaGa

I don't care if she is the biggest publicity whore in modern history, Lady GaGa is still ok by me as long as she keeps on churning out tunes as catchy and fierce as "LoveGame". Strangely, I didn't really get the track until it was released as a single. I still think there are far better tracks on the album but all that talk about disco sticks finally won me over.

10. Through With Love - Zuleyka

"Through With Love" is the best Cher track that Cher never recorded. Zuleyka is a fabulous tranny who first appeared on UK's Big Brother before deciding to launch a music career. I can't believe the hateful comments on youtube. Zuleyka has a better voice that Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke put together, not to mention better looks and more personality. "Through With Love" is simply amazing and I can't wait to hear what s/he comes up with next!


Robpop said...

Welcome back darling. Zuleyka! Do you realize that video was shot in Angel Islington. I am sure we've had coffee there.

Babes, now that your back out of your wilderness I must promote the amazing Monica Naranjo live album/DVD/book that the woman has released in Spain. It comes with a holograph cover. Its legendary. The live dvd itself includes naked men.

Monica is love!

Yuяi said...

Heidi Montag and the BEPs? Them's the drugs talking! Srsly, glad you are on the mend. Be well.

John said...

First off, I'm so glad things are finally clearing up for you. I was worried there when you didn't get back to blogging within a couple of weeks. Continued health to you.

I was going to say "you're dead to me" for the BEP track, but that might not be the most considerate comment, given your past two months. Most of the list redeems you nicely, though.

Miss Halliwell said...

Honey...glad you love the Kelly Rowland track.

She might be the poor mans choice of class, but she is fucking fabulous!

Glad you are on the mend. Us post-op trannies need to stick together...even if it is to compare botched willie chops LOL

D'luv said...

So glad you're back, and that the worst seems to be behind you now!

The BEPs? I listened to "Boom Boom Pow" the whole way through for the first time last night. I have faith in the fact that this will never grow on me.

Can you believe I have yet to hear the Heidi Montag EP?

Jay said...

Welcome back! The only one of this lot I like is the Spanish one...

I've had Boom Boom Pow stuck in my head all day - fuck is it ANNOYING... and at around lunchtime it finally clicked what it reminded me of

Methface and her bukkakke buddies is sooo 3008 that she is ripping off 200late (7)

Seth said...

Welcome back Mike!! i am very glad that you are now feeling ok!!!

Boom boom pow has also won my heart, Heidi Montag is a bitch!

Paul said...

thank fuck you're back. don't ever do that to me again ;)

Parker said...

Miss ya bitch

Scarlett said...

I'm so glad that things are looking up for ya! It sounds like you went through a terribly crap time. :( :(

There are a couple songs on your list that I haven't heard yet but will definitely check out now. From your description, Lisa Mitchell sounds right up my alley! :)

Keep feeling better! :D :D

tommie said...

I have no pity for someone who had free access to a lot of drugs! I bet you also got fucked by every attending doctor to test out your new vagina. You shameless whore!

I'm slightly disappointed that More Is More, Turn Ya Head, Party's Whereever I Am and Look How I'm Doin' didn't make the list! Heidi Montag 4-evah!

undisco_me said...

Fashion brings me to life at the moment - I know it's older than her nose but I only recently decided to check her out. Heidi and Spencer kissing through quarantine masks is my celebrity 'moment' of the year so far. She needs to shoot a video in Somalia and skip past all the hungry people whilst synching to "I live to be model thin" if nothing else.

Elin Lanto's goth-Dannii-sounding ("reborn at the") Discotheque is good stuff; Angnes' On & On is like a full-speed collision between Tina Cousins and Culture Beat (would explain Tina's bulbous nose). And Kate Ryan could give Kelly Llorenna a run for her money in "doesn't my face look sticky?" fake tan gamourama: her weird squat, bandy-legged jiggle in the video makes me stare to see if a pineapple is going to fall out.

After taping nearly 12 hours from the ClublandTV music channel, I finally got to see Kelly's Dress U Up video on my big widescreen - an 80s cover? I didn't see it coming.

That hospital drama sounds awful - but "the worst is behind you"? Are you like Dannii and have any guys you can find form an orderly quew? Do you remember the Holy Moly mailout that basically insinuated that's what Dannii did at parties? Oh God, for months I was convinced Girls Aloud's Racy Lacy was about the Ozzy superstar.

Mike said...

All you BEP h8trs are so 2000 and late!

Anyway, it's great to hear from guys. Thanks for sticking around X

The Prophet said...

Whoever is a BEP hater is just LAME full stop.

And Mike, I have such a love hate relationship with u! When I look at ur blog I find some of the music brilliant! And some terrible! Your love found me is a MESS, you need the Look How I'm Doing remix with machine gun kelly, its on my blog!

Also cop those Kesha tracks I just did, u might like them

Poster Girl said...

Thank goodness! Mike, it sounds like you had an awful set of weeks--I'm glad to hear that most of it, or at least the worst of it, is over. Wishing you good health, too.

I LOVE the call-and-response-ish part of "Zero" (the "Shellshock!" part), still haven't listened to Bat For Lashes' album but will start with "Siren Song" for my post-"Daniel" exploration of it, love the Guetta/Kelly song, and think Heidi's "Look How I'm Doing" is great.

bubu said...

welcome back!!! paola's updates were not enough (you have big tits now, right?). i'm glad you are alive and recovered, at least to the point of blogging...

i like this comeback-top-ten more than usual. apart from the obvious, i love love love #3 #4 and #5.


Chris_Sydney said...

Glad to see you back Mike. The blogsphere was not the same without you!